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... wandered the streets some more while nibbling on them. After Bologna, we continued our drive to Padua, where we saw the Basilica of St. Antony. Moses and I were a bit disgusted when we found out that Saint Antony's jaw, tongue and vocal chords were on display (yes, we did go and have a look!). Apparently, the man was a healer and was able to call people back from the dead and command limbs to reattach, and although he died in the 1200s, when they dug up his body (and I try ...
... it. Sometimes we'll be mistaken for the locals and get our picture snapped. Who takes pictures of people eating breakfast or take a picture of someone just sitting in their house in the first place? Lots of tourists here. Lots of gullible cruise ship tourists here. The smart ones have done lots of research, don't get ripped off and stay away from the crowds. Mom says we're smart because of Rick Steve's travel books. If you ever come to Venice, here's some tips: ...
... up at the Hotel Paganelli, who had rooms for us the next four nights. After a late night return after talking it over, I booked us in. The last three nights we have a room overlooking the lagoon. I'm excited.So, to sum up day 1 in Venice:
4 times hearing the same berating lecture(approx. 5 min each)
2 written notices chock full of rules also berating us
1 nice hotel concierge
2 new rooms for the last 4 days here
... written down, there really is no excuse. So we will see how they fair for the next few days. From Venice, we get back on the bus and head toward Florence. The first part of the drive isn't too exciting, but you can see different crops and vineyards along the way, but the landscape changes as we drive further toward the Tuscany region. We stopped at a truckstop with the most amazing choices for snacks. I opted for a pastry, of which I cannot spell or pronounce, but it started with ...
... section to be just as enjoyable. Not wanting to give a blow by blow account of the bands, I'll just say;
Echo and the Bunnymen were great, with Ian McCulloch radiating cool and ego ("we will now play the best song ever written", then afterwards, "we will now play the second best song ever written")
We Are Scientists were great pop rock (though I need confirmation, is that a dye job or is the singers hair really that grey?)
Beady Eye (or the new Oasis) annoyed ...